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This book is excellent for homeschooling - designed so that it can be used for three different grade school age groups - full of world history information paralleling it with the Bible - there are instructions for making maps, a time line, etc - lots of photos, especially of artifacts from museum which can help the student understand ancient times - bought this for my grandchildren who are being homeschooled but we are seriously considering using it to write curriculum for our church's Bible school - impressed with the easy-to-understand but carefully researched material -
I am a 16 year old homeschooled student who has never been satisfied with any of my other history books. I love this book! It is so informative and chronilogically complete. It has a wonderful Biblical worldview, and reveals Christ as the mystery of history at the end of the book. What a exciting new homeschooling tool to get students excited about HIS Story! I wish I had this earlier!
I just received my copy of Mystery of History Vol. I. I am excited to start this with my daughter in the fall (5th grade). I looked for a long time at the Tapestry of Grace curriculum, but I couldn't justify spending the money with our small family. I was so glad to find MOH! It is an affordable alternative to Tapestry with a similar scope and sequence, and seems to be a little more user-friendly. It's definitely more kid-friendly. It is written so that kids can read the lessons for themselves. It seems that it is not as labor-intensive for the parent.
I especially love the 'What do you know?' pretests that encourage them to see what they already know and makes them curious, and the 'take another look' or 'what did you miss' reviews & activities - then there are quizes every 2 weeks, too, which test their knowledge. All of this is in small bites so the information isn't overwhelming. There are many activities to do. Each lesson lists assignments for 'younger', 'middle' and 'older' students. There are 36 weeks of lessons in this volume. The author lists several examples of how organize your week.
You will need to inlcude real books from a library (or you can buy some) to flesh out the lessons - but the same goes for TOG. I plan on making a time line as well.
The only negative I can find so far is that the 5th (last) volume will not be published in time (planned for release in 2014 or 2015 ?), but we can find a substitute curriculum for that last little bit of history - no problem. The 3rd and 4th volumes should be released in time for us. (3rd this spring and 4th in 2011.) For more info you can go to the MOH website, but don't buy there. The prices are better elsewhere.
I just have one complaint about this curriculum - I didn't write it! As a two-decade home educator, I've been trying to write a needed missing link in home education. This book is it!!
There seems to be two basic types of history books out there:
1. Textbooks that give trite summaries that fail to inspire our kids to interact with historical periods and that tend to instill a sense of boredom.
2. Exciting "idea book" type hands-on programs that give timelines, maps, ideas, crafts, etc. that you are told to integrate with historical instruction. The problem is, most of us don't have the time, knowledge, or money to buy or research these historical periods to teach the "meat" of information we don't know ourselves. Plus, there are those days as a homeschooler where we need the kids to be more autonomous than others. If the curriculum depends on us 100% of the time, we're going to fail. If the curriculum depends on handing a kid a big book or computer and hoping they discern what the key points to isolate, they will often become distracted and fail. With this self-directed approach, assessment becomes a big issue - either by neglecting to test or by exhausting the home educator who is required to create these constant assessments.
Mystery of History gives the beginner to advanced home educator the best of both worlds. A great, easy-to-read segment of history is covered each day. The student is able to read it themselves and then, is asked to write a summary card of the key point and dates. A timeline is recommended with the choice of format. The teacher can be as involved or uninvolved in the process as life dictates that day and then, can assess student comprehension based on the cards and regular testing provided in the manual.Read more ›
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We are using this along with Story of the World Volume 1. It's been a great history program for our family. It gives our 5th grade just a bit more to chew own. If you google Paula's Archives you will get a list that correlates the two programs together. We use the Story of the World Activity pages and suggestions.
I was very disappointed in this text. I like that bible history is included in the chronology. However, I wanted more world history...too much of this text is bible history. We have had to delve into Mesopotamia, Egypt and China and Greece from other sources and therefor are quite "behind" for the year. And we haven't gotten to Rome yet. That being said, I did feel comfortable dropping our bible curriculum and just using MOH for that, although I do disagree with the author on some of the implications of the bible characters. (especially Gideon) I think this is more of a biblical history, with some stuff that was going on at the same time in the rest of the world...as opposed to a comprehensive world history text that includes bible history. My son does not care for history, and this text did not change his mind. I adore history, but find this text difficult to relate to and not detailed about the most interesting bits.